With Hunter Pence still on the disabled list and Buster Posey taking a much needed day off, the Giants’ lineup was less than imposing for the finale vs. Arizona at AT&T Park on Sunday.
The G-men were shut out 4-0 by Rubby De La Rosa (5-3, 5.27) and Daniel Hudson, getting swept at home in the process, their eighth consecutive home loss and fourth straight loss overall.
The Giants had plenty of opportunities to score in this one, but went just 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position, grounding into FIVE double plays. Yes, that’s FIVE as in CINCO.
Casey McGehee got the start at third base as manager Bruce Bochy gave Matt Duffy a rest. McGehee grounded into two double plays, including the first inning with the bases loaded.
Nori Aoki, Justin Maxwell and Buster Posey also grounded into double plays, including the ninth inning when Buster pinch hit with the bases loaded to end the game.
Chris Heston (6-5, 3.76) followed up his no-hitter by continuing his string of inconsistent outings. He threw 102 pitches over five innings, allowing seven hits, four walks and three runs (two earned), while striking out six.
The G-men made three errors, including two by Brandon Crawford on the same play (fielding and throwing) that allowed a run to score. Overall, two of the four Arizona runs were unearned. “You put your big boy pants on and you come out and be ready to go tomorrow,” Boch said. “This was not pretty, there’s no getting around it.”
With the loss and Dodgers win, the Giants are now 3 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West. The Giants begin the first of four straight games against the Mariners tonight at AT&T, with a home and away series, two in San Francisco and two in Seattle, culminating Thursday night. Then it’s on to Los Angeles for a three game set with the Dodgers starting on Friday.
Tonight’s game matches Tim Hudson (4-5, 4.60) against Taijuan Walker (3-5, 5.40) as the Giants look to get back to their winning ways at AT&T Park.